We’ve all heard the warnings and the terror of Montezuma’s Revenge…but also the potential for dehydration and heatstroke when traveling to warm climates. For Mexico, the best advice was to stay away from water, but make sure to stay hydrated…what a contradiction!
A few years ago when I had the pleasure of traveling to Los Cabos, Mexico for a friend’s wedding I got to test this contradiction. I’m happy to say that on my trip I did not get Montezuma’s Revenge and I did manage to stay away from the local water. Or so I thought! On our last night there, on my way out to dinner, I forgot something in the hotel room. When I ran back, all of a sudden I felt strange and thought I should go to the bathroom. Without as much of an inkling that I was going to, I immediately began to throw up! This continued every 30 minutes for many hours. Unable to drink or eat anything without it coming back up, I sat miserably on the couch. After what seemed like the 100th time I had thrown up, I began to get scared and asked my boyfriend to check my health insurance card for a number to call. He called and the next thing I knew, there was a nurse in my hotel room. She gave me a shot and instantaneously I began to feel a little better. The throwing up ceased and I could finally drink some Gatorade and eat a cracker!
– AARP’s article about What if I Get Sick on a Cruise?
– WebMD information on Heat Exhaustion
Kim Hayashi is the Community Resources Manager for the Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro. She graduated from USC and Chapman University and enjoys being active, traveling, and Disneyland!
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